Police horses exposed to costumes, inflatables for training
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Outrageous costumes and large inflatables are part of the training for Kansas City police horses.
KMBC-TV reports police want the horses comfortable in any situation so they don’t spook while on the beat. During a recent training session, someone in a dinosaur costume ran in front of the horses. The horses backed up but didn’t bolt. That’s what police want.
Sgt. Joey Roberts, of the department’s Mounted Patrol, says it’s crucial to know that police horses are “going to be confident and not freak out if somebody has an umbrella or is waving something in the air.” He adds that “you’ve got to know that he is solid before you put him in that kind of situation.”
Police are seeking donations of more costumers and inflatables, the stranger the better.
Information from: KMBC-TV, http://www.kmbc.com